|Nicholas Merritt||Mary Sandin||John Ashton||Susannah Foxwell|
|b. 1613 England||b. England||b. abt. 1639 place unknown||b. abt. 1646 on Blue Point, Maine|
|d. 17 Jul 1685 in Marblehead||d, 9 Jul 1685 in Marblehead||bef. 1721 in Marblehead||d. in refuge|
|Nicholas Merritt||Elizabeth Ashton|
|b. Abt. 1657 in Salem, Essex , Massachusetts||b. Abt 1670 in Blue Point (Scarborough), Maine|
|d. Jun 1736 in Marblehead, Essex, Marblehead, Massachusetts||d. 1736 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Before 1690||Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Elizabeth Merritt bp. 30 Mar 1690 and d. before May 1698 (when Elizabeth her sister was baptized) in Marblehead|
|Nicholas Merritt bp. 13 Mar 1691 and d. before Mar 1702 (when Nicholas his brother was baptized) in Marblehead|
|Mary Merritt bp. 27 May 1694 and d. before May 1700 (when Mary her sister was baptized) in Marblehead|
|Samuel Merritt bp. 9 Mar 1695 in Marblehead; m. 24 Jun 1717 in Marblehead Charity Saunders (b. 12 Nov 1696 in Marblehead); four children: Miriam, Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Charity Merritt; d. estate probated 3 Jan 1732 in Marblehead|
|Elizabeth Merritt bp. 8 May 1698 in Marblehead; m. 30 Nov 1715 in Marblehead John Pearce (Pierce) (1696-1794 in Marblehead); thirteen children: John, twins Mary and Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Rebecca, twins Mehitable and Jane, Anna, Ruhamah, twins Martha and Ruhamah, and Nathaniel Pearse; d. ?|
|Mary bp. 12 May 1700 in Marblehead; m. 10 Dec 1717 in Marblehead Robert Pierce (b. abt. 1695 in Marblehead); five children: Elizabeth, Richard, Robert, Mary, and Elizabeth Pierce; d. ?|
|Nicholas Merritt bp. 29 Mar 1702 in Marblehead; m. 2 Dec 1724 in Marblehead Jane Gifford b. 10 Jan 1706 and d. in Marblehead); three children: Nathaniel, Elizabeth, and Mary Merritt; d. ?|
|Rebecca Merritt bp. 14 May 1704 in Marblehead; m. 8 Dec 1722 in Marblehead Robert Gifford (bp. 14 Feb 1696 in Marblehead); six children: Robert, William, Merritt, Nicholas Merritt, Rebecca, and Elizabeth Gifford; d. ?|
|David Merritt bp. 11 Feb 1704 in Marblehead; no further trace|
|Jane/Jean Merritt, bp. 10 Mar 1705 in Marblehead, m. 16 Nov 1721 in Marblehead Richard Pedrick (bp 13 Jul 1701 and d. bef 1766 in Marblehead); eleven children: Jean,, Richard, Jean, Mary, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Ruhamah, Miriam, Rebecca, Sarah, and John Pierce Pedrick; d. ?|
Nicholas was a fisherman. Elizabeth's family had initially settled in Blue Point, Maine, but fled from the Indian attacks to Marblehead after her mother died in refuge. Very little information could be found about this family. Fortunately, there were records of baptism and some marriage records, but only one death record, and I was not able to find probate information for anyone other than son, Samuel. The baptismal records indicate that their first three children died as infants or youngsters. According to Marblehead Museum.org/Marblehead-1700, Nicholas's brother Samuel died in possession of a small house and lot in or before 1697 that the administrator conveyed to Nicholas for 45 pounds on 20 Oct 1710. He in turn conveyed the house and land to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Pearce of Marblehead, baker, 23 Dec 1735. Mr. & Mrs. Pearce conveyed the house and land to Robert Gifford (husband of Elizabeth's sister, Rebecca) of Marblehead, fisherman, 17 Feb 1738.
No records could be found for son David Merritt. An estate for a David Merritt was probated in Marblehead in 1712 and administered by a Nicholas Merritt, but David, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Ashton, would still have been a child at this time. He was possibly named for the David who died who died in 1712. There are as well other Davids later. I suspect not all the Merritts have been accounted for in the records that ate available.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is complete. There were many Merritts in Marblehead and perhaps one day someone will be able to find all of them with complete dates and more information about their lives. It might be worthwhile to check resources once in a while.